Did you ever wonder why people greet each other saying “Ramadan Kareem” around Ramadan? If so read my article to find out why and what stands behind this greeting.
Ramadan is considered to be the “glorious month” as the Prophet Mohammed called it so. It is a month of intensive religious disciplines and charitable giving, fasting and Quran study. Despite the pressure some people experience during the period of Ramadan, “Ramadan Kareem” is supposed to remind them of the “blessings” they get during this time of the year.
Ramadan greeting mentioned above basically means “Ramadan the generous”. During this time of the year Muslims do not eat or drink in the daytime. They also restrain from any kind of sexual activity as well as swearing, smoking and irritation.
They aim to practice self-forgetfulness and forgiveness, pray more and donate money to the poor and those in need.
Invalids, pregnant women or women during their menstruation that cannot fast are allowed to eat while others are fasting. However, the law that works for them says that as they are not fasting they have to bring food to the poor or homeless or give enough money to the poor so that he would have food for the whole month.
As we already mentioned, Muslims do not eat or drink in daytime; still they are allowed to eat and drink after sunset and before dawn. So the family gets up long before the sunrise to have their first meal which has to be nourishing as their next meal will only take place after sunset.
The time Muslims consider as appropriate to start eating differs. Some Muslims believe that as soon as sun cannot be seen and is heading to the horizon they can start having dinner. Meanwhile, others wait until thick darkness comes.
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Nevertheless, fasting without trying your best not to sin is absolutely pointless. Allah announced in th sacred texts of Muslims that there is no need for a Muslim to fast if he does not abandon his sinful deeds. Their Prophet promised not to accept the sacrifice of fasting in case he notices the person swearing or losing his temper.
Even if it seems to be a tiring practice, Muslims proclaim that Ramadan is a month they are all waiting for. They claim it brings them happiness and a feeling of being united with other Islam followers.
Reportedly, Muslims claim that their Ramadan greeting is the one that expresses the whole idea of this holy month: blessings and prosperity to those who obey the teachings of Quran.
Some scientists provide a different explanation for a Ramadan greeting. As they explain, a word “Ramadan” is derived from an Arabic root of “Ramdh” that is a “burning agent”. So Ramadan is believed to be the time of the year when all wrongdoings of Muslims are burnt and no longer kept.
They explain that the root of the word means fire or extreme heat which will burn everything it gets to.
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